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Risus Companion


For 27 years, Risus has been there for us, with open stick-arms and warm, awkward hugs ... and for 17 of those years, the Risus Companion has been there for Risus, with drunken leering and inappropriate comments.

But has it been there for you? Maybe it's time. The Risus Companion is 64 pages of concentrated Risus oddness, reflecting years of Internet feedback and even more years of my personal Risus campaigns. It's illustrated throughout with the same kind of high-quality illustrations you'll find in Risus itself. Just a few of its many features:

  • Articles on the ins and outs of character design, including Anatomy of a Cliché, and sidebars exploring the “core clichés” of adventure fiction.
  • The Megaversal Omnigroovy Background Machine, which will, in just a few die rolls, tell you why your Irish Shinto Minotaur Astronaut (4) decided to enlist in the Star Patrol.
  • An extensive section on squeezing the most juice from the simple Risus mechanics, including the secrets of the Unholy Trinity, the dangers of vending machines, and the many ways there are to carve up a conflict in Risus.
  • Many amusing Player/GM dialogues, taken directly from real life (as S. John Ross imagines it to be).
  • Expanded discussions on the minutest aspects of the game, from special equipment to the use of magic.
  • Evil GMing tips for Evil GMs. Plus, Evil GMing tips for Less Evil GMs to help them become more Evil.
  • Tools and techniques for Risus adventure design, including Rocky Roads, and the official Risus Adventure Matrix. Bonus toys include a random fantasy world generator - one every bit as detailed and comprehensive as you'd expect from Risus.
  • Fans of the Big List of RPG Plots will be pleased to discover one of its lost cousins, the Big List of Dirty Little Thrills, an adventure-design checklist that cuts to the heart of what's really satisfying in a game.
  • A collection of new Advanced Options, including Eye of the Tiger(rules for forcing montage sequences), Lucky Shots & Questing Dice, and Strip Risus.
  • Mrs. Butterbread's secret banana-pumpkin bread recipe.
  • A lexicon of Risus terms to help you cut through the tangle of complicated rules and systems.
  • How to Draw Stick Figures, the Risus Way. 'Nuff said, True Believer!

If Risus confuses you, the Risus Companion will enhance that experience tenfold. If Risus amuses you, the Risus Companion will take more than ten times as many pages to do pretty much exactly the same thing. It's that cool. More important (much, much more important) when you buy the Risus Companion, you're also joining the International Order of Risus, the worldwide Risus fan-club/world-domination conspiracy of love. Of course there's a handshake. You already know it. Deep inside.

Edition Note: The Risus Companion is riper and classic-er than the current Risus edition, but the Companion is compatible with every edition of Risus (because you need a metal detector, a refractometer and a qualified pastry chef to notice the differences anyway). Plus, the forthcoming 2nd Ed Companion will be a free upgrade delivered automatically via this very same website. Go on, get it; it's freakin' sweet!

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Chuk G January 17, 2023 7:39 pm UTC
Any news on the upcoming 2nd edition?
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Luiz G May 16, 2021 3:01 pm UTC
Muito bom e simples, vale muito usar em aventuras via Discord ou mRPG.
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David L July 11, 2021 6:19 pm UTC
Glad you enjoy it!

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Adrian M December 10, 2020 10:13 am UTC
Let me echo the POD requests, I would gladly throw some gold your way :)
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S. John R December 10, 2020 10:24 am UTC
Thank you! I appreciate the sentiment, very much so. =) There will definitely be a POD option (at Lulu or here or somewhere) when the new edition is published. I pulled the POD options for this edition a while back because I didn't want anyone getting a needless case of Buyer's Regret if they bought 1st Ed only to find out a few days later that 2nd Ed is in the works.
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Matthew T October 07, 2020 1:33 am UTC
I love this whole universe! My only lament is not discovering it sooner.

Is there any plan to release this as an ebub or mobi version like the core rules?
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S. John R October 07, 2020 3:26 am UTC
Hello and welcome! The forthcoming expanded/revised edition of the Risus Companion will have an ePub version in addition to the PDF. It will be a free upgrade to those who have the current edition.
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Ramses V November 16, 2019 2:29 pm UTC
I also would like this in print!
I don't like reading this many pages on a screen...
Also, I need something to fill my shelves with...
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Valdus C July 12, 2019 2:42 pm UTC
Is there any chance that this will come out in print on demand?
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Chet C October 03, 2018 2:06 am UTC
I bought the Companion back in the day before DTRPG. Is there any way of getting it added to my Library here so that I get the new companion when it comes out? Not even sure how to prove purchase it past my IOR Card and #...
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S. John R October 03, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Just drop me an email and we'll get it sorted =)
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